BROOKLYN, NY -- August 16, 2017 -- A costly fourth inning proved the difference in a 6-2 loss to the Aberdeen IronBirds. Marcell Renteria and Joe Napolitano allowed the first six ‘Birds to reach base and five of them scored to give Aberdeen a lead they would never relinquish
Nicolas Debora entered the game in the fifth and pitched well. He went 4.1 innings, allowed just one run and struck out two.
“It’s too bad we don’t back him up with runs.” Cyclone manager Edgardo Alfonzo said.
The big story, however, was the second rehab start for the Dark Knight of Gotham: Matt Harvey. Harvey threw one inning on Saturday against Hudson Valley and allowed just a run. Tonight, Harvey was dominant, dealing three scoreless frames. Including a strikeout of the side in the third.
“Really getting the rhythm back,” Harvey said after his outing. “Getting the timing. You come down and feel great.”
“It was good today,” Alfonzo said of Harvey’s performance. “I think he’s much better than last time. He feels much better, being able to throw more pitches.”
In the bottom half of the fourth, Brooklyn scored their lone run. Jose Miguel Medina grounded out and brought in Edgardo Fermin to cut the deficit to four. Coming off an appearance in the New York-Penn League All-Star game, Medina recorded his 14th RBI of the year and Walter Rasquin went 2-4, lifting his batting average closer to .300.
The Cyclones started out the first inning strong. Rasquin smacked the first ball into right for a single, advanced on a balk, and moved to third on a groundout. With the heart of the lineup up, Quinn Brodey and Jeremy Vasquez struck out swinging to end the threat. Yet, the offense could not get a rally going.
A groundout by Vasquez brought in Fermin to make it 6-2, in the ninth.
The six pitchers Brooklyn used were the most used in a game this season for Alfonzo. BKLYN tallied just four hits on the night and fell to 2-11 in the month of August and 15-38 for the year. Wednesday marked the 21st time the Cyclones have scored two runs or less in 53 games this season.
“Again,” Alfonzo said. “We can’t come up with a big hit in a big spot.”
When asked what he wants to see from the team down the stretch, Alfonzo simply asked for more competition.
“They should do better. They don’t know what it is to finish strong. It’s hard to play like that.”
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